And So It Begins: Community Shield, The Arsenal v. FC Chelsea 2003, Sunday August 6 2017 1400 GMT

Discussion in 'Arsenal' started by mebeSajid, Aug 5, 2017.

  1. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
    United States
    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Nelson on for Danny... Who had a really good game IMHO.
     
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  2. footykid

    footykid Member+

    Jan 10, 2005
    Mississauga, Ont
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    France
    I can't stand for Walcott's perm.
     
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  3. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
    United States
    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Just saw Kante touch the ball in the final 15 seconds. And I thought to myself I can't really remember him doing much of that before. Maybe that was key to our being in this match all the way through it.

    Anyway we're off to PK's. Oh joy.
     
  4. BIGHMW

    BIGHMW Member+

    Oct 10, 2010
    Port Townsend, WA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well it's going to penalties, who would you pick to take one of them, I'll put Ollie to take one
     
  5. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
    United States
    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Whoa... looks like eight stitches, maybe more, for Per. That find affect the beginning of the season for him. Would make it a little bit hard to head the ball?
     
  6. BIGHMW

    BIGHMW Member+

    Oct 10, 2010
    Port Townsend, WA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Roll the dice Arsene
     
  7. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Two misses in a row for chelski . . .
     
  8. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
    United States
    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    And our first trophy! ;)
     
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  9. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Ox scores. Can we get one more? Giroud to answer this. And I can't post yet. Can he score it?

    Yes. He. Can.
     
  10. BIGHMW

    BIGHMW Member+

    Oct 10, 2010
    Port Townsend, WA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Another trophy for Arsene Wenger
     
  11. Aaron d

    Aaron d Member+

    May 15, 2005
    Wooster
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Honestly, when it went to penalties I didn't expect us to pull it out.

    Glad to go into the season on a positive note.
     
  12. Gunning4Chelsea

    Gunning4Chelsea Member+

    Aug 2, 2005
    chicago
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Big weng takes 3 out last four against conte
     
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  13. casoccerdad47

    casoccerdad47 Member+

    Mar 31, 2006
    And against a defense that only allowed .75 goals per game after they converted to a back three.
     
  14. Boondock

    Boondock Member

    Jul 21, 2010
    It's based off his entire career and a reasonable assumption that he will find it more difficult to score in the EPL than in France.
     
  15. Boondock

    Boondock Member

    Jul 21, 2010
    Anyways, losing this game would have had a much more negative impact than winning has a positive impact. So good thing for that.

    But we still need another 1-2 players and to keep both Ozil and Sanchez to have a very good shot at securing top 4. Let's see what else we do this window.
     
  16. R9Kevinr9

    R9Kevinr9 Member+

    Feb 2, 2007
    Chicago, IL
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    El Salvador
    Kola and Granit tho.
     
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  17. maskito

    maskito Member+

    Jan 14, 2006
    Minneapolis
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I really thought Xhaka had a fantastic match. Controlled midfield pretty well, had that long-range shot Courtois had to full stretch, and tying assist to Sead. Most important, he kept a pretty cool head throughout the game. Nice piece of sportsmanship helping Pedro's cramp before he got sent off, too.
     
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  18. fari

    fari Member

    Jul 28, 2007
    Denver,CO
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Great win!
     
  19. Gunning4Chelsea

    Gunning4Chelsea Member+

    Aug 2, 2005
    chicago
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
     
  20. casoccerdad47

    casoccerdad47 Member+

    Mar 31, 2006
    Based on his entire career? He scored 75 league goals in his last three seasons at Lyon. Certainly there will be a period of adjustment, but you may be overrating EPL defenses. In his best season at Montpellier, Giroud averaged a goal every 152.5 minutes. He has equaled or bettered that number in each of the last three EPL seasons, averaging a goal every 133, 152, and 100 minutes, respectively.
     
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  21. Aaron d

    Aaron d Member+

    May 15, 2005
    Wooster
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    But we all know how well OG is rated around here...
     
  22. daedalus

    daedalus Member+

    Apr 24, 2004
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    pfffffft. he's an arsenal player. that means he's automagically shit. shouldn't you know that by now?
     
  23. The Jitty Slitter

    The Jitty Slitter Moderator
    Staff Member

    Bayern München
    Germany
    Jul 23, 2004
    Karo Viertel
    Club:
    FC Sankt Pauli
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    If only Wenger would buy a decent 8

    Arsenal now have an assortment of odds and ends midfielders who don't really fit with any obvious plan and with ad injury histories.
     
  24. Sarcasm Bot

    Sarcasm Bot Member+

    Nov 4, 2014
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    agreed. Ramsey is the best eight in the squad but he really only seems fully functional in a 3 man mid with say xhaka and elneny/coquelin, which lessens the quality of overall play.

    xhaka, elneny, coquelin, ramsey, wilshire, santi - out of these, only 4 are viable. Wilshire and Santi are exceedingly injury prone. Elneny and Coquelin aren't good enough to start and Ramsey I explained. I'd try to move Santi and Wilshire both and bring a good passing 8.

    Definitely the biggest problem area in the squad considering a strong midfield lets teams get away with a lot of tactical problems.
     
  25. casoccerdad47

    casoccerdad47 Member+

    Mar 31, 2006
    Did they ever play a three man midfield with Ramsey, Xhaka, and Elneny/Coq? I don't remember a game like that. When they played a
    4-2-3-1, Ozil was generally the AM. When they went to a 3-4-3, Ramsey and Xhaka were the CMs with Ozil or Sanchez dropping into midfield to link up play, as needed. And in case you didn't notice Xhaka and Ramsey were pretty good in those roles after Arsene switched to a 3-4-3. If we could guarantee that Ramsey would stay healthy and that Xhaka wouldn't have to serve any red card or accumulated yellow card suspensions, I'm comfortable with the pairing. However, since we know that neither is likely to occur, I would like to see another 8, who can also play the 6, so he could pair with either Ramsey or Xhaka.
     

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